A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient MayaRecent Interpretation Of Maya Hieroglyphs Has Given The St Written History Of The New World As It Existed Before The European Invasion In This Book, Two Of The St Central Figures In The Effort To Decode The Glyphs, Linda Schele David Freidel, Detail This History A Forest Of Kings Is The Story Of Maya Kingship, From The Beginning Of Its Institution The St Great Pyramid Builders Years Ago To The Decline Of Maya Civilization Its Destruction By The Spanish Here The Great Rulers Of Pre Columbian Civilization Come To Life Again With The Decipherment Of Their Writing At Its Height, Maya Civilization Flourished Under Great Kings Like Shield Jaguar, Who Ruled For Over Years, Expanding His Kingdom Building Some Of The Most Impressive Works Of Architecture In The Ancient World Long Placed On A Mist Shrouded Pedestal As Austere, Peaceful Stargazers, Maya Elites Are Now Known To Have Been The Rulers Of Populous, Aggressive City States Hailed As A Rosetta Stone Of Maya Civilization Brian M Fagan, Author Of People Of The Earth , A Forest Of Kings Is A Must For Interested Readers, Says Evon Vogt, Harvard Anthropology Professor

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  • Paperback
  • 552 pages
  • A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
  • Linda Schele
  • English
  • 13 July 2019
  • 9780688112042

10 thoughts on “A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

  1. says:

    The joy of this book is that it was one of the first to be published after the major breakthrough in understanding the Maya script No longer were we in the serene world of priestly astronomers but of the would be big beasts of the political jungle asserting their greatness, heritage and deeds on steles.The obvious limitation is that as time moves on from publication, is discovered and is translated the the views advanced in the book will be subject to revision.However it tells of an interesting world A city state civilisation built out of the jungle that struggled to maintain political order in the face of an obscure environmental or ecological catastrophe It s a nice update to Eric Thompson s The Rise and Fall of Maya Civilization.The big surprise was that understanding their script overturned understanding of the Maya world which because it was understood that they were interested in numbers and astronomy many of their carved stelae marking significant dates, so it was thought they were cerebral astronomers their culture fixated upon the heavens, their written inscriptions revealed that their interest in dates and astronomy and conjunctions was in part political All quite a change from Erich van Daniken who made a fine living claiming that the same inscriptions showed alien astronauts rather than aristocrats burning scraps of paper soaked in their own blood in the smoke of which they perceived dream visions of their ancestors and gods.

  2. says:

    I visited the NE Yucatan three times in the 1990s, devoting most of my time to hiking the coast and, with the help of young Maya, trekking overland to ruins they d tell me of Preparatory to these trips I d read some of the literature, much of it dated This then is one of the first books I ve read which purports to be based on the recent decoding of Mayan script Armed with this new insight, Schele and Freidel tell a number of stories, histories really, of several Mayan centers and the people who dominated them.Frankly, given the evidence they present confronting my ignorance , I am skeptical Their accounts seem just a bit too certain, their qualifications too muted Their approach approaches the novelistic and indeed the whole is punctuated by little illuminating fictions I would have been comfortable with a cautious, scholarly approach, on the one hand, or a purely novelistic one, on the other.On one point, though, they got me going, that being their repeated references to the vision quests through bloodletting Apparently the Maya would do stuff life putting stingray barbs through their penises and tongues in order to obtain visionary access to spiritual realms In the text itself the authors treat this as unremarkable, as though of course, such painful practices induce altered states of consciousness Well, that made no sense, so I went through the footnotes, all of them and there are many , and found that there they amplified their descriptions by adducing pain, fasting and intoxication as the causes of their visions Now that made it seem a bit plausible, but still left me wondering what the intoxicating agent s might have been That is nowhere addressed.Personally, I find both Egyptian and Mayan art to be trippy Both are very colorful, often as if self illumined Both delineate forms starkly This is how things look to me and to many others, from what I hear under the influence So, naturally, I wonder if it s common to find oneself in pseudo MesoAmerican environments simply because of the overweening influence of the writings of Carlos Castaneda et alia or, intriguingly, if it s because both we and our American or Egyptian ancestors took similar substances and had similar visions, visions which their cultures took seriously enough to represent in their art and religion.I find it odd that the authors of this book didn t address this matter at all.

  3. says:

    The book started off very slowly and made some assumptions that only Westerners would be reading this book I also found it hard to believe that rain dance of the Mayans worked and that historians must treat those customs with respect These things in the beginning almost made me give up on the book, but the later chapters became and professional and detailed Once I had reached the middle of the book, I had a lot respect for the author than at the beginning Other than these minor irritants, the book is very well written and presents a detailed account of both the archaeology and history of the ancient Mayan kingdoms from conception to decline It works well as an introductory book to the world of Maya, but does not limit itself to just one period Instead, an overview of the entire Mayan history is meticulously given along with archaeological details And pictures Plenty of pictures explaining the Stelas Overall, a good book

  4. says:

    This is the 2nd book I have recently read on the Maya Like the other book this one was heavily written from a archeological view than a historical view The writer does try to fill out the history with reimagined events of everyday life of the Maya based on the archeological evidence Not recommended unless you are greatly into reading archeological studies.

  5. says:

    This book is a great showcase of what we lost when the great Linda Schiele died Though obviously the book is a bit outdated we just know about the Maya, particularly their written languages, now than when this book was written , it still holds surprising relevance to Mayan studies today The technical information is presented in an accessible format that anyone can understand regardless of their previous knowledge experience in Mayan studies This book also does something very unique that few other history books are willing to do let alone Mayan ones this book provides fanciful story style interpretations of historical events surrounding the various Mayan players like Kings Some people may not like these short story excerpts as they are historical fiction, but I think they provide the reader with real connections and emotional investment with the historical figures presented in the history book portions of the book Overall, this is a great book for people interested in some of the major city states and kings of the ancient Maya, and though the information is outdated and the translations crude by today s standard, it is still an enjoyable, educational, and accessible read for people of all backgrounds.

  6. says:

    Linda Schele rules and i hope all the mysteries of the maya were revealed to her when she entered xibalba and I know she will trick the gods of death and emerge from the turtles back as a resplendent world tree shining under the mesoamerican sun

  7. says:

    Given that this book assumes no previous knowledge and sometimes words things melodramatically, but packs its information pretty densely, I m guessing that it s intended as an introductory college textbook The first chapter covers basics of pre conquest Maya culture, and the last chapter discusses the collapse of Classic civilization and a little about the European conquest In between, most chapters focus on a specific city Cerros for the Pre Classic rise of kingship and monumental architecture, Tikal for the first wars of conquest, a chapter on the reconstructed intercity politics of the middle Classic, two chapters on Palenque and Yaxchil n for detailed examinations of dynastic ideology, Cop n for the Terminal Classic and collapse, and Chich n Itz for post classic civilization So many then ongoing discoveries and controversies appear in this book that it must be significantly out of date by now, than 20 years after it was published.

  8. says:

    Co written by one of the most prominent Maya scholars of the 20th century, the late Linda Schele, this book examines the Mayan civilization through its linguistic legacy Showing the processes which helped decipher a large amount of Mayan inscription, this book also describes their genealogical legacy as described through the Mayan stelae record.

  9. says:

    Read ages ago on a trip to Honduras where I visited several Mayan sites In general, reading about a place on a trip to the place usually reflects poorly on either the place or the literature In this case, the literature suffered But there is a lot of human sacrifice to keep the story in the red.

  10. says:

    Mayas come out of the woodsWhen I was a youth, people said the Mayas were the one peaceful civilization As far as I knew, nobody could read their writing I went to Cop n about 50 years ago the ruins impressed me, but I had not read anything about the Mayas The silence and emptiness of the land where once a great city had stood remained in my mind More recently, I have read a few books about the Maya, especially Demarest s The Ancient Maya about seven years back I still feel that that volume is the best overall history A FOREST OF KINGS is something else It combines intensive analysis of Maya art, the translated inscriptions, and good archaeological guesswork to give the reader a most intensive experience if I may call it that The book provides names and dates for a civilization that once seemed lost and mysterious The Maya certainly were not a peaceful civilization In fact, their array of small kingdoms engaged in constant warfare and human sacrifice When they wrote, they mostly recorded royal events, chronicled the passage of time, or boasted of their great victories Schele and Freidel attempt to bring to life the events and personalities of the Maya world, from 200 BC to the arrival of the Spanish The myriad reproductions of the Maya drawings, writings, and city plans by several modern artists is phenomenal What a labor of love this book is Each major chapter also contains a piece created from the authors educated imagination of some event during the Maya centuries, whether at Palenque, Cop n, Chich n Itz , or Tikal I would say that it is not an easy read, though the language is mostly jargon free It s just the amount of detail which may overwhelm a reader who is not so familiar with the Maya or who doesn t need every date, every name, and every symbol The art work on any number of buildings is described and analyzed Their system of counting time is explained We are familiar with Julius Caesar, with Charlemagne, with Ivan the Terrible, and even with Qin Shi Huangdi How many Maya figures did you ever even hear of After reading this book, some of them will stick in your mind forever The Maya recorded many things on stelae, stone columns which the authors refer to as tree stones A forest of these tree stones stood by many important buildings of the Maya ages Now we can say that the Mayas have come out of the forest into our consciousness, thanks to these two authors.

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